Children generally show signs of straw drinking readiness around 9 months to 1 year of age. Many dentists and therapists recommend straw drinking for children as it helps promote proper oral development. Teaching children this new skill requires time and patience. For children who have low muscle tone, speech delays or other special needs, mastering this skill can be a challenge.
The people at Bear Bottle know this, and that is why they have created a tool that makes learning to drink from a straw both fun and easy!
What is the Bear Bottle?
The Bear Bottle may look like just a honey bottle with a straw, but it is much more than that. While this 8 ounce bottle is in the shape of a bear, its soft tummy is easily squeezable by children and adults. This allows children (or the adult if the child is too young to hold it) to be in control over the flow of liquid in the straw. When you squeeze the bear's tummy, the liquid is brought up to the tip of the straw making it easier for children to grasp the concept of sipping out of a straw. The Bear Bottle can be used for children as young as 4 months old, making the transition from breast/bottle feeding to cup drinking as painless as possible.
The Bear Bottle is:
- BPA free
- Dishwasher safe
- Spill-proof design
- Made in the USA
I was sent a sample of this product to review, and it did not disappoint. I care for a child who has special needs, and we are in the process of introducing straw drinking to her. This bottle is a wonderful concept that is executed very well. It took me a few practice tries to get the amount of force needed to bring the liquid to the top of the straw just right, but once I figured it out it was extremely simple.
The Bear Bottle is a cute cup with eyes and a nose painted on. The Bear Bottle is easy to clean and has made meal time a little more fun.
While the process of straw drinking is one that takes time, I can see this being a tool that we use until the skill of straw drinking is mastered.
The Bear Bottle is $8, comes with two straws and a flip-top lid. It also ships for free throughout the US.
You can learn more about the Bear Bottle and this wonderful company or purcahse a Bear Bottle of your own by clicking here.